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October 29, 2014 at 11:14 AM

Microsoft lays off 3,000 more; 638 of them in Puget Sound area

Microsoft on Wednesday notified 3,000 more workers — 638 of them in the Puget Sound area — that they’re being laid off.

This means that virtually all of the planned 18,000 job eliminations the company announced in July are now completed.

Wednesday’s layoffs cut across different groups and geographic areas, but most of them were in finance, human resources, marketing and other support functions. Some of the cuts were also in MSN.

“We’ve taken another step that will complete almost all the 18,000 reductions announced in July,” the company said in a statement. “The reductions happening today are spread across many different business units and many different countries.”

The reductions in the Puget Sound area means that the number of Microsoft workers in the area — which had totaled 43,328 at the end of its last fiscal year on June 30 — now hovers around 42,000.

The cuts are part of the 18,000 jobs — representing 14 percent of the company’s worldwide workforce of 128,076 last July — that CEO Satya Nadella had said the company would eliminate over the course of the year.

A large number of the cuts are related to Microsoft’s acquisition of Nokia’s phone business, which brought in some 25,000 Nokia workers to Microsoft.

It’s also partly a reflection of Nadella’s vision of a more nimble Microsoft.

Most of the cuts — about 12,500 professional and factory jobs — were former Nokia positions, with some Microsoft positions also being eliminated because of job duplication related to the Nokia acquisition. The remaining 5,500 jobs cut across multiple functions, including marketing and engineering.

Of the 18,000 jobs, Microsoft had started in July to eliminate 13,000 of them; those 13,000 jobs eliminated in July included 1,351 in Puget Sound. About 2,100 more positions — 747 of them in the Puget Sound area — were eliminated in September.

Microsoft had also said in July that it was committed to notifying by the end of the year the vast majority of those whose jobs are to be eliminated.

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